The Rowan Men’s Rugby team traveled to Baltimore on Saturday to take on the Towson University Tigers. The Profs were looking to start a winning streak, but in the end were forced to settle for a 29-29 tie in a entertaining game.
Things did not begin well for the Profs as Towson scored two quick converted tries and Rowan found itself down 14-0 with only ten minutes gone. The young Prof side did not panic, however, To their credit, they methodically worked their way back into the contest, controlling possession and territory, despite going uphill and into the wind. Patient attacking and ball retention led to three unanswered tries and the score was 15-14 at halftime. Most noticeable for Rowan was the low penalty count. This was a welcome change from past performances this season.
The second half was a see-saw battle featuring numerous lead changes. With no time left on the clock, the scores were level at 29-29. Despite an absence of stoppages in the second half, the referee allowed play to continue for nine minutes of extra time. The Profs were stuck inside their 22 repulsing wave after wave of Towson attacks for the majority of extra time. However, to their great credit, the Profs maintained strict discipline and kept the Tigers from scoring any further points. When the final whistle went, the scores remained 29-29.
Although the result was not what the Profs were looking for, this was a much-improved performance from last week. This was, in fact, the best effort put forward by Rowan this season. Hopefully the team will be able to build on the positives for the remainder of the year.
Next up is West Virginia in Morgantown. The Profs will be looking to get back on the winning track this week.